- A welcome arch for APEC delegates collapses at the CCP complex in Manila
- Personnel from the MMDA and the DPWH rushed to the scene to clear the obstruction
- One police car was affected but there no human casualties recorded
An arch made of steel meant to welcome delegates attending the Economic Leaders’ Meeting (ELM) of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Manila has collapsed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex on Monday morning.
In an article written by ALG for GMA News, it was shared that the arch wrapped with tarpaulin sheets was affected by strong winds at around 11 a.m.
Personnel from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) rushed to the area to remove the arch, which became an obstruction to APEC vehicles passing along Pedro Bukaneg Street.
A payloader was also dispatched to the scene to help government workers dismantle the structure as convoys of world leaders started to move from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to their respective hotel accommodations.
One patrol car of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was affected by the fall, but there were no human casualties during the accident.
More than 20 heads of state are visiting the country this week to attend the ELM at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
The Office of the President said that at least 10,000 international delegates from APEC member-countries are expected to participate in the proceedings that will be held from November 18 to 19.
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